News Briefs - 19 July

NZ HARNESS NEWS

Herlihy to return next week

Tony Herlihy will return to race night driving at the final northern meeting of the season.

New Zealand’s all-time winningest reinsman, with 3455 local wins, was injured when tipped out of the sulky behind C K Spur at Alexandra Park on May 11.

He was diagnosed with cracked ribs and was expected to miss a month of driving at the least.

“I’ve been given the all clear to resume Friday week,” Herlihy told The Informant.

Next Friday, July 27, is a full 11 weeks since the injury and will give him one night to add to his tally of 32 winners for the season.

Ferguson fined $350 for failing to drive out

Wyndham reinsman Craig Ferguson has been $350 by the Judicial Control Authority after admitting to a charge of failing to drive his horse out to the finish line.

Ferguson was in the sulky behind the mare he trains, Rozzano, when he finished fourth, a half-neck from third, at Forbury Park on June 21.

Ferguson stopped driving about 45 metres from the finish when in the passing lane after a trip behind the leader throughout.

But another horse he trains, No More Change, flashed down the extreme outside to nab third right on the line.

Ferguson noted in his defense that he felt Rozzano was “struggling” and he expected she would be swamped to finish midfield.

He was surprised to hear post-race she held on for fourth.

The JCA’s Geoff Hall noted Ferguson’s good record but said a fine had to be issued in respect of those punters who had backed Rozzano to place.

After starting at $500 and applying deductions for co-operation, a guilty plea and his overall record, $350 was the final fine.

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